QUEER-FEMINIST BOOK FAIR – read, listen, discuss and network
26th of November 2016
aquarium, Skalitzer Straße 6, 10999 Berlin, right at Kottbusser Tor (wheelchair-accessible venue)

Various small publishers will present their books and publications at the fair. Many politically motivated actors are involved in the energetic and mostly collective production of queer and emancipative publications. The fair celebrates their work and shows it to a broader public. It will provide a space for queer publishers to meet each other and their readers for networking and mutual inspiration.

We expect around 30 stands – including publishers from Austria, Brasil, Germany, Kurdistan and Turkey. Alongside, there will be readings and discussion panels in separate rooms all day. These will (only) partly take place in English, Portuguese, Turkish and Kurdish. The main language of the publications and the fair is German. There will be a children’s corner at the fair and a party at Südblock afterwards.

POLITICS

Queer people still experience discrimination. (While many social roles are successfully questioned, people who don’t conform to gender and sexuality norms experience uncertainty, pain and exclusion on the streets, in institutions, at work and in the family). ›Queeres Verlegen‹ relies on an understanding of structural oppressions as intersecting and historically intertwined in both function and effect. We stand against such norms and orders rooted in capitalism and displacement, colonialism and racism, the confinement of gender and sexuality, physical and psychological pathologization and further such frames of inequality. The fair offers yet another emancipatory space to envision social alternatives to degradation, exclusion, violence and inequality. We want to reach out and invite a broad demographic – hopefully beyond those who engage with queer politics in their daily life. We want the space and people therein to be empowering, open and sensitive. We want to come together, learn, move and be moved. We (still) believe in (the) potential (of) connections and the possibility of situated and situational solidarities.

QUEER

›Queeres Verlegen‹ aims at presenting and strengthening the many struggles fought on countless pages. This entails several aspirations of thought and action:

  • Political commitment for the political and social causes of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer people (LGBT*IQ) – tied to the relentless critique of discriminating norms and structural orders of inequality as named above.
  • Molding language and text is a political arena of importance and responsibility. Emancipative publishing demands sensitivity for terms, attributions and discourses. Oppression needs to be named and renamed – as tools in political claims, in poetry, in attempts of emancipation, resistance, differentiation, connection and solidarities.
  • While not being immune against our own involvement in the structures we criticize, the fair aims at contributing to such a queer-feminist discourse.

The fair aims to

  • Support small and marginalized publishers and publications,
  • Contribute to the queer network in German-language and international publishing contexts,
  • Present publications engaging with different forms of oppressions and the many ways in which they intersect,
  • Provide a space for exchange on how queer publishing may strategically challenge social and publishing norms,
  • Develop collective visions and discuss problems and practices.

PUBLISHING

›Queeres Verlegen‹ is about publishing, writing, translating, editing, proofreading, printing, supporting and much more. Participants are involved in small presses, political initiatives and associations, zine projects, whose structure and content is motivated by a queer-feminist approach. Their work is important though largely invisible in overall society and even in our ’scenes‘. The actors relate in their political commitment, in their readiness to take positions and put themselves and their work into perspective, in their persistence and patience of publishing emancipative text without any prospect of economic success. Publishing is one articulation of queer politics.

This attempt to shape our worlds and futures through those countless pages earns a platform, where these attitudes may flourish in appreciation, celebration and exchange. The fair is not a book fair in a classical sense (the orientation of big fairs is rather dismissed) – we aim at actual political networking, discussing, listening and reading for a vitally common future.